Here's February's month end update about the current state of Transcending Boundaries and our various projects.  We're hard at work getting TBC 2016 started, planning our participation at Noho Pride and more!

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Here's February's mid-month update about the current state of Transcending Boundaries and our various projects.  In the last few weeks we had a meeting about TBC 2016, had a promotion on the board, and more!  

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Group Shot!Saturday, January 30th, a group of Transcending Boundaries Conference organizers attended "An Evening with Kate Bornstein, Trans: Beyond the Tipping Point" at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, in conjunction with the Mark Twain House.  The event was promoted as:

With Laverne Cox on the cover of Time magazine, and Jazz Jennings with her own television show, it’s clear that the world of transgender is itself in transition. Kate Bornstein speaks to the changing language of trans, the clear division that runs through almost every trans community, and a strategy for unifying all our new and disparate trans identities without “invisibilizing” anyone.

Author, activist, performance artist, and gender theorist Kate Bornstein is one of the most influential voices in the discussion of gender and trans issues. She has created performance pieces and theater works, led workshops, and written several award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies which are taught in over 120 colleges and universities around the world.

Bornstein recently spent two months with Caitlyn Jenner and six other trans women filming season two of “I Am Cait.” She is also about to release a 25th anniversary edition of her first book, Gender Outlaw, and is working on her sixth book, Trans: Just for the Fun of It.

For those of you that don't know, Kate was our keynote speaker for 2011 (you can read her speech here as a PDF), so we were prepared for a great evening.  We were not disappointed!  We all left full of excitement, new ideas to roll around with and very big smiles on our faces.  Once again "Auntie Kate" offered new and complex views on gender, sexuality, language and more.

Here's January's month-end update about the current state of Transcending Boundaries and our various projects.  In the last few weeks we had a meeting about TBC 2016, had a promotion on the board, and more!  

As always, if you are interested in learning more about Transcending Boundaries, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We'd love to hear from you!

 

 
We are trying to revive our blog!  Please be patient as we restore our previous content and provide new updates.  If you enjoy writing about gender, sexuality and relationships that don't fit into society's binaries, we would love to feature your work on this blog.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to talk further.
 
For now, here's January's mid-month update about the current state of Transcending Boundaries and our various projects.
 
 

Hey y'all,

Please Excuse The MessPlease Excuse The Mess

We're in the middle of transferring to a brand new website for 2015. While that happens the website has been (and will continue to be)  a bit of a mess. The most important things to know are that the conference is November 20th to 22nd at the Springfield Sheraton in Springfield, MA. As discussed above, our keynote speaker is the amazing bisexual activist Faith Cheltenham.

 

 

As many of you may have seen on TBC's social media our 2015 conference will be November 20th to November 22nd at the Springfield Sheraton in Springfield MA. Our keynote speaker will be bisexual activist, Faith Cheltenham.

Faith CheltenhamFaith Cheltenham

Faith has been a major player in LGBT activism in the US for the past 15 years. Earlier this year she made history, being the first leader of a bisexual non-profit to have a private meeting with the president and witness an executive order signing. In 2013 she co-organized the first bisexual community issues roundtable at the White House.  

In addition to her political activism, Faith has appeared on several major news outlets and in PSAs for the American Institute of Bisexuality.  Faith is a published author, writing for for both LGBT and mainstream media. An accomplished stand-up comic, Faith brought humor and activism together in 2009 by organizing the first “Zombie Pirates For Healthcare Reform” protest. 

by Stormy O'Brink

Stormy is a social media intern for Asexual Awareness Week. She currently attend the University of Northern Iowa as a public relations student She has been an LGBTQIA rights activist since 2007, and currently serve as the Director of Social Activism and Outreach for the university LGBT organization. She blogs at rainbow-after-the-stormy.tumblr.com, and can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

This week (October 20th to 27th) aces around the globe will be celebrating Asexual Awareness Week.  Asexual Awareness Week is an international campaign that seeks to educate others about asexual, aromantic, demisexual, and grey-asexual experiences. One may wonder why we need Asexual Awareness Week in a time where things are becoming so much more progressive. Unfortunately, the reason we need asexual awareness is because there are still many misconceptions about asexuality- even in progressive spaces. I have been an activist in the LGBTQIA rights movement for nearly eight years, and I have compiled a list of the top five misconceptions about asexuality I’ve heard throughout my activism career:

General

Happy Pride Month!  Although Transcending Boundaries won't have an official presence at any of our local prides this month, feel free to spread the word about our upcoming events!

 This Sunday is Father's Day, so Happy Father's Day to all you Dad's of all sorts!  

Unconference (Planned for Nov 2014)

We are still waiting on the contract for the venue, we hope to have a big announcement soon.  

Spring Event (Planned for Spring 2015)

To Be Determined.  Different ideas have been brainstormed.

TBC 2015 (November 2015)

We are happy to announce Lorelei Erisis and Sara Brosnan will be the 2015 conference chairs!  

Deposit and contract need to be returned before we make the official announcement regarding the date and location (hint: we'll be returning to Massachusetts).  Organizers are working on ideas for the keynote speaker, themes, potential workshops and events.  

The first official planning meeting to be late July.  If you would like to get involved with the planning for our next conference, you can sign up for the organizer's email list.  

Board

If you ever need to speak with the full board you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Administrative

The website is back online! Thank you Ian for your efforts!  We are also currently making updates to the website and e-mail lists to help make things easier and manage multiple projects.  We have also cleaned up some of the mailing lists to make communications clearer.  

General

June is Pride Month! 

Picnic 

The picnic was a stellar success. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen!  We had a great crowd, there was delicious food, perfect weather and a whole lot of fun!

Unconference (Planned for Nov 2014)

This fall we plan on hosting an Unconference.  It's like the TBC you know and love, but YOU create the content.  We'll have more information, including date and location, soon.

Spring Event (Planned for Spring 2015)

To Be Determined.

TBC 2015 (November 2015)

We are happy to announce Lorelei Erisis and Sara Brosnan will be the 2015 conference chairs!  

We have selected a date and location for the next conference!  We'll be returning to the fall, and to a city we've been to before, so stay tuned for that announcement!  

Board

If you ever need to speak with the full board you can contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Administrative

The website has been down for a bit this week due to a hosting issue.  It should be back online very soon.  

We've been making some changes to the website and e-mail lists that will make things easier going forward.  This includes updating Joomla! and getting some of the latest tools to go with it.  We're also changing how the announcement list works.

Its hard to believe we're only 5 days away! Since we're in a new location this year, doing some different events and expecting a bunch of people who've never been to TBC before, we thought we'd give a few tips and reminders on what to pack for the weekend.

Friday night is our private pool party! The pool will be available for our exclusive use from 10 to midnight If you're planning to join us for this (and we hope you will) make sure to bring swim wear, goggles, whatever you need to enjoy the pool.

Saturday night is our dance/costume party. Costumes and creative attire are encouraged. If you're like many of us, you've got that thing hanging in your closet that you bought because it was really cool but its also totally impractical; this is an ideal time to break it out.

Throughout the weekend, we will be operating a clothing swap so bring the clothes you don't want and go home with the clothes you do want! 

We do have several organizations tabling with us who will be either selling items or handing our information. In addition, when you check in you'll be receiving a registration packet from us. A small bag to carry these items around can make your life a while lot easier.

Weather reports are currently predicting highs between 45-55 during the conference. It IS spring in New England so its best to assume it will rain at least once. Keep that in mind, especially if you plan to leave the hotel in search of food. The hotel will do its best to keep temperatures comfortable indoors. If you are a person who gets cold easily, you'll probably want a sweater or jacket you can throw on while you're in workshops just in case. 

Happy packing and we'll see you in 5 days!

Every Wednesday for the next few months we will be featuring one of our confirmed workshops for the April 2014 conference.  We will be highlighting a mix of presenters from previous TBCs along with newcomers!

This week we're pleased to be featuring new to TBC presenters Anne and Megan,  Anne and Megan will be presenting two workshops on how to make our streets and communities safer: "How to Holla Back: Learning to Combat Street Harassment," and "Transformative Justice and Community Accountability: Tools and Strategies for Addressing Intimate Violence in our Communities." 

The rest of our confirmed workshops can be seen here.  Sadly early registration has passed, but the regular rate of $65 ($60 if you're a student) is still a great deal. Your registration includes 3 days of programming, including the keynote lunch on Saturday.   If you have questions about registration or TBC in general, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

by Raycho

 

There are a lot of things I love about the Transcending Boundaries conference, but my favorite is that I never have to leave anything about myself at the door. I can spend the weekend celebrating and feeling comfortable with myself as a whole person without having to worry about there being some aspect of me that doesn’t belong. It’s a life-changing feeling in a world that often insists on boxes and dichotomies, and I want others to be able to experience it too. That’s what drives my work as the Access Coordinator for Transcending Boundaries 2014. 

So we asked our 2014 conference staff and Transcending Boundaries Inc. (TBI) Board of Directors the following question:

 

"What historical LGBTQ figure would you most like to have dinner with and why?...What do you think you talk about and why? What would you eat?"

 

Here a few of the responses:

Melissa, TBC 2014 Conference Chair:

 

"This is a tough question for me to answer, in part because I get to sit down for lunch with amazing teachers and leaders of the Queer community every year at TBC. My first instinct is to say "I want to have dinner with all of you guys!" because I see the people who attend and teach at TBC as the future of our community. But that's also avoiding the question so here's my real answer!

I never got to meet Silvia Rivera. In fact when she died in 2002 I didn't know who she was. My participation in QUILTBAG activism started several years after that and I didn't learn about her contributions to the community until I got involved with TBC in 2010. When I look at the work she did trying to protect homeless gay and transgender youth at a time when there was almost no awareness of their plight, I'm amazed. She was truly before her time and the work she did would still be groundbreaking today. So if I had a chance to bring someone back and meet them at the table, that's who I'd choose. As for what we'd talk about, my instinct is to say that I would listen. I'm sure she'd have incredible stories and could contribute greatly to my understanding of the community I serve as TBC staff. "

 

Sara, Special Events Coordinator for the 2014 conference and the most recent addition to the TBI board:

 

"The historical LGBT person I would most like to have dinner with is Bayard Rustin. Bayard Rustin was a gay African-American who was the lead organizer behind the 1963 March on Washington. I admire his ability to tactically and intersectionally while working for justice on many fronts. I would likely try to pick his brain on the sheer logistics of how you organize a successful large scale event. I'm not sure what we'd eat for dinner, but for desert I'd go with homemade zucchini bread."

 

Lisa Jacobs, President and co-founder, TBI:


"In trying to answer this question, I find myself wavering between two of my favorite queer artists of the past, Victorian poet Walt Whitman and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Then again, I never have been much good at choosing just one. Each contributes a unique history and body of work that continue to inform queer identity, and I imagine they would be fascinating lunch companions to boot.

Walt Whitman has long been one of my favorite poets, his books well-loved and well-worn in my collection. His strong, melodious, open praise of the beauty around him, whether in the land or the splendor of the human body, has always instilled within me a sense of pride in mere existence. His experiences as a queer man in an unforgiving time also intrigue me, as do his time spent volunteering at hospitals during the Civil War. How did he find beauty amongst all the ugliness? I would love to sit with him in the open air, open country, with a picnic spread and a view of his human inspiration. I would ask how the progress and tragedies of his time affected his poetry and his love of humanity. I would long to see the world through his eyes, if only for a moment.

Frida Kahlo, however, reminds me of myself in so many ways – a bisexual, genderbending artist, a woman who refused to compromise herself to beauty standards and a person with disabilities. I imagine myself with her somewhere in Mexico, somewhere that brings her peace, sampling food from her home, that beautiful yet tortured place which informed so much of Frida’s work. I would love to ask her how she viewed her gender and its expression, why and what gave her the courage not to shave her unibrow and mustache, and about the great passions that consumed her life.

Through the lens of the past, we better understand our present and future. Learning about the diversity of our queer forebears reminds us that there were once no strict lines in non-conforming sexualities and gender – only ‘perceived as normal’ and not. And that ‘not’ encompassed an entire rainbow."

Oct. 11th is Coming Out Day, where queer folks of all stripes are encouraged to come out of the closet. Coming out is a process of revelation and storytelling – being true to oneself and communicating this truth to others. Most of us are used to the standard LGBT coming out narrative – you tell your family, friends, coworkers, etc., and then *BOOM*, you’re out of the closet forever. But for the B, the T and the hidden letters of gender, sexual and relationship minorities, coming out of the closet can be a very different process.